Originally published: January 2015
Krishanthini, 19, is studying in a nursing course, one year behind Dilshani and Theepika. Like her girlfriends, Krishanthini is a sports enthusiast. She loves sports and, with the bike she received after the tsunami, she could return to kabaddi and volleyball practices regularly. Before she received the bike, her family could not pay the 3-wheeler (taxi) fare to attend competitive meets that were beyond walking distance from home.
With a bicycle, she doesn’t have to worry about taxi fare or the distance to meets. Her mantelpiece proudly displays multiple trophies and winning ribbons. Krishanthini feels having a bicycle was essential to her return to her two passions–learning and sports.
Photos: Leah Missbach Day, Mike Weyerhaeuser